I shared a few simple tips for managing stress on my website that can help you look and feel great, inside and out. Since it is February and L-O-V-E is in the air thanks to Valentine’s Day & Heart Health Awareness Month, I would like to begin a series of “Loving You” by sharing ways to pamper yourself, because honestly we all can use a little “Me Time”, right? The great thing about these recommendations is you do not have to spend a fortune, hire a professional or leave the comfort of your home. Simply taking a few minutes, using items you may already have in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, will have you making these tips and tricks part of your regular beauty routine.
Today, I want you to think as though you are in a sauna, steam filling the air around you as you relax and indulge in the relaxing environment. While you may not be able to steal away to a retreat at the very moment, you can prepare a facial steam for yourself by boiling 4 cups of distilled water, adding herbs and then sitting comfortably for 10 minutes. Be sure to place the pot of water on a stable surface to avoid any accidents. For best results, use a bath towel draped over your head and shoulders as you lean slightly over the steaming pot. (Keep your face at least 12 inches away from the pot of boiled water.) Relax, close your eyes, and take deep breaths.
The benefit of a steam facial is very deep cleansing as it opens your pores allowing them to breathe and perspire. Any dirt and makeup will be loosened, and your skin will be hydrated. Depending on the herbs used, they may contribute to the healing of the skin as well. Remember to always cleanse your skin prior to a steam facial.
Recommended herbs and essential oils according to skin type*:
Normal to Oily– peppermint, rosemary, sage, yarrow
Normal to Dry– comfrey leaves, elder flowers, orange flowers
Wrinkles– crushed fennel seeds, rose or rose geranium essential oil
All Skin Types– calendula, chamomile, peppermint, raspberry leaves, strawberry leaves
*Those with rosacea, sensitive or sunburned skin should not use steam facials. Always consult your physician or dermatologist.
Have you ever tried a steam facial?